Review: Days of Blood and Starlight

February 15, 2013 Review 12 ★★★★★

Review: Days of Blood and Starlight
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
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Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 528
Release Date: November 6th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Europe, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Monsters, Paranormal, People & Places, Young Adult
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war. This is not that world. Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope. But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
My review of the first novel in this series can be found HERE. DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT is better than its precessor, and even I didn’t think there was room for improvement-but Laini Taylor makes a sequel that is actually just as magnificent. More action, more romance, more secrets, more adventure, more horror, more everything! There is literally something happening on every page to keep you glued to the story.

The best part is, if you think you know something-can predict something-you are oh so wrong. I think the author actually takes into account what you might predict and then writes the exact opposite, and I LOVE that.

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living—one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel—a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.”

The novel starts out pretty much where DAUGHTER left off, or at least we find out what happened immediately after Akiva confessed to Karou after they broke the wishbone. All our favorite characters are in this, even if they just make appearances though flashbacks or memories, we find out much more about characters that were a little mysterious and distant in the first novel. Many new characters are also introduced, and I loved every single one of them.

The POV switches around a lot, usually right after things get crazy, which only makes you more engrossed in the novel, trying to guess what happened. This would usually bother me but it is done perfectly and effortlessly. It’s like having four or five stories in one, only to have them intermingle with each other and connect in ways you could have never seen coming.

If you thought the first book was action packed, you will be incredibly impressed with this one. There really are days of blood and starlight, mostly days of blood. It’s crazy, like a war is happening in head-only with fictional angels. I usually don’t like reading scenes like this, but I found these parts were almost the best part of the book.

“I am one of billions. I am stardust gathered fleetingly into form. I will be ungathered. The stardust will go on to be other things someday and I will be free.”

    The quotes! Ohmygosh these quotes. These are like poster-worthy quotes. I couldn’t think of a line like this if my life depended on it-and the book is full of them!

Laini Taylor’s fingers must be infused with unicorn blood and tears because everything she writes is pure magic. Few books really deserve five stars, books that near perfect, books that leave you breathless. The DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series is better than five stars, it should have its own rating scale.

     A lot of people don’t have full reviews for this book, and I can definitely understand that. You just have to read it. We could tell you the whole story but it’s still something you have to read for yourself because you can’t describe how good it is without experiencing it.
    So I would close your web browser and get your hands on this immediately, and that’s the best advice I can give you. I’m off to re-read this baby, because I know there are so many details and little things I missed because I was so excited to get to the next page and the next. 
Rating Report
Overall: 5

12 Responses to “Review: Days of Blood and Starlight”


    WoW! You really enjoyed that book! I’ve personally never read Smoke and Bone (I assume that’s the prequel)
    It’s always nice to have a book that keeps you guessing! It just makes the story that much better. Unpredictability is definitely a must in Y.A

  2. Monica

    Your review just made me sigh happily. This is everything I look for in a book, honestly. I’ve just gotten my copy of DoB&S and every once in a while I sneak longing looks toward it. I’m waiting to be emotionally prepared to read it though. I don’t know if I ever will, though so I better start reading it soon. After reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone again. Laini Taylor’s words are too magical to be read only once :)

  3. Sunny Duvall

    Wow. Just wow. I SO want to read this now! I love that you mention how the author does the exact opposite of what you predict. I love feeling like you don’t know what’s going to happen. A novel is so much more fun that way. I also agree with the comment above who says that your review made them sigh happily. Same goes for me :)

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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